As I was looking through my photos from this month, I realized that almost all of them were outside. This makes me very happy because September is one of the most beautiful months of the year in Colorado. The temperatures were in the 60s and the skies stayed a beautiful shade of royal blue throughout the last long days of summer. We enjoyed hikes through aspen forests and walks along ponds and streams. I hope that by spending so much time in God’s beautiful creation, we are fostering a lifelong love affair with the outdoors in our children.
Homeschool: Bible, Hymn, and Character Study
This month we focused on the character traits of Peace and Harmony. The kids memorized some wonderful verses which now get talked about in all kinds of situations in our days. We read about how Isaac had to move 3 times and dig new wells to seek peace. We read in Nehemiah about the Isrealites persevering through harsh ridicule.
“Turn from evil and do good, seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14
“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
To further illustrate this idea, we read Proverbs 14:1, “A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands”, and created a house made of sugar cubes. We talked about how when we are sweet we build a peaceful house, but when we choose to stir up trouble our house breaks down. When the kids would start quarreling or mistreating each other, I would knock down part of the sugar cube house to show how their actions were breaking down our house.
Homeschool: Language Arts
Bud continued reading one page a day from the More Busy Times Pathway Reader. I like these readers because they insert character lessons into the stories.
Bud also recited and memorized The Creation by Cecil Frances Alexander. It is neat to see how he has improved his eye contact and ability to speak the words loudly for people to hear them.
Along with memorizing this poem, Bud wrote out the words for his copywork. He does about 5-10 words a day which has really led to good steady progress with his penmanship. If you would like a copy of The Creation poem I made into copywork you can download it here.
We enjoyed some wonderful read-aloud books this month. We read:
- The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis
- Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi
- Along Came a Dog, Meindert DeJong
Homeschool: History & Geography
We read and Bud narrated Benjamin Franklin by Ingri and Edgar D’Aulaire. Bud’s narrating ability continues to steadily improve. We read one page a day and he narrated the passage. When we finished the book he did a narration of Franklin’s life and I was so excited that he was able to remember so much information. I wrote in his history notebook as he narrated and this is what he said:
“Benjamin Franklin was born on Milk Street in Boston. He worked as an apprentice for his older brother James printing. He ran away to Philadelphia on a ship. Then he arrived in Philadelphia and then he felt hungry so he went to a baker’s shop and got three loaves of bread – three times as much as he could eat. Then he went to a Quaker’s meeting house. Then he felt tired so he took a rest. Everyone was nice and didn’t wake him up. He married Deborah Read and got his own printing press. Then he printed newspapers, books, and stuff. Poor Richard’s Almanac became very famous.
Then the Revolutionary War began and at the start they wrote the Declaration of Independence. Then Franklin was sent to France to ask for help. Everyone liked him. The king did not expect to see him as he was and Franklin did not expect to see him as he was. He took the back stairs so that no spies would see him. The war was going on in America. The King of France was pretty cautious about it. He sent supplies and weapons and they won. Franklin went back to his homeland and everyone dressed in special clothes to greet him. He sailed up the Delaware River.”
We continued our weekly Geography lessons by reading Paddle to the Sea by Holling S. Holling. Bud continued to label his map of the Great Lakes and we talked about the landscape in each setting (marshes, large lake, ponds, streams). The DK Eyewitness Pond and River book has been invaluable in our studies.
Homeschool: Social Studies
The kids got a wonderful chance this month to experience and learn all about fire safety and our local fire department and alpine rescue team with a community event called Safety Day. The kids got to go hundreds of feet in the air on the fire truck boom and ride in the jump seats of an old fire truck. The alpine rescue team strapped Bud into a litter and told us all about the types of rescues they preform deep in the mountain wilderness.
The next week, the kids wrote thank you notes to the firemen and we took them to the station to hand deliver them. The fireman was very nice and he let us in to see the 911 dispatch room. The kids loved seeing the computers and maps and it was the perfect time to teach them how to call if they ever need help.
We read two wonderful books this month about hens that led to a fascinating study on chickens. Henrietta Hen by Arthur Scott Bailey told the story of a boisterous hen who clucked about proudly talking about her eggs. Along Came a Dog by Meindert DeJong was an enduring tale of a little red hen and a stray dog who formed a friendship and depended greatly on one another. At the end of the month we went to the Golden Heritage Museum and viewed a live chicken farm. Just watching the hens for a while solidified what we had read about their unique personalities.
We spent some great time outside this month during our Nature Study hikes. We drove to Kenosha pass to view the golden aspens, went for a walk beside a lake and looked at the late summer flowers, and hiked to a reservoir and looked at the fish in the clear water. It all left us with a glorious feeling. Is this really school – it is amazing?!